Kelsey Tortalita, of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has been going to powwows and dancing for as long as she can remember. Kelsey's dream is to teach Native youth about art and their culture through beading powwow outfits.
Kelsey was one of ten American Indian young people selected for the 2016 Dreamstarter grant program, funded by Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Each year the program awards grants to ten American Indian youth to help them implement projects inspired by their dreams for their communities. With this funding and the sponsorship of Sacred Pipe Resource Center, Kelsey is making her dream a reality as the Thuswecha Beading & Cultural Academy.